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The crackdown on face-to-face fundraising is gathering pace. East Devon District Council is threatening to banish two dogged RNLI street collectors, Sid and Alma, from Sidmouth seafront because they are breaching bylaws preventing charities from putting more than two collectors on the esplanade.

The policy is intended to spare visitors being bothered by too many over-eager chuggers, according to the Devon Express and Echo. The local RNLI is up in arms, partly because Sid and Alma raise £14,000 a year, but also because they are actually shop window dummies. The pair have a stay of execution until the council's licensing and enforcement committee decides their fate in March. In the meantime, if you feel pestered by mannequin chuggers, East Devon Council would like to hear from you.

The authorities seem to be giving fundraising a hard time so far in 2007.

Straying somewhat from its area, the Bucks Free Press reported that a woman was fined £50 at Wirral Crown Court for taking clothes to the British Heart Foundation shop in Birkenhead High Street. Jacqueline Craven had breached her Asbo, which stops her going into Birkenhead town centre, when she made her donation.

Most charities indulge the foibles of celebrities, but not Sense about Science. The group has named and shamed the famous for advocating junk therapies that make no scientific sense, according to an item on

The charity is setting up a helpline so celebs can check for scientific accuracy before they speak out.

Childhood may be getting shorter, but in Scunthorpe it seems it is almost non-existent. The Scunthorpe Telegraph reported that a six-year-old contacted the Samaritans' North Lincolnshire branch over Christmas, one of the youngest callers the charity has ever had.

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